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AASHTO releases latest bridge inspection manual

Amanda Bayhi - Dec 09, 2013

AASHTO releases latest bridge inspection manual

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) has released the Manual for Bridge Element Inspection, 1st Edition. The AASHTO Highways Subcomittee on Bridges and Structures developed the bridge inspection manual. AASHTO says the “manual is a reference for standardized ...

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Guest Blog: 5 Reasons Bridges Fail

Contributed - Nov 22, 2013

Guest Blog: 5 Reasons Bridges Fail

Human beings are creatures of overcoming obstacles. Out of necessity, we have built bridges to connect islands, places, cities and most importantly, the hearts of men. Because of the amazing urge for innovation, our history has seen the evolution of ...

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More from the Bridge Inventory: Top 5 States with the Best and Worst Bridges

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Nov 21, 2013

More from the Bridge Inventory: Top 5 States with the Best and Worst Bridges

Despite that the nation’s transportation funding system is in great peril as the expiration of the current surface transportation funding bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), is set to expire on September 30, 2014, many state ...

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A Bridge Just for Bats

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Nov 20, 2013

A Bridge Just for Bats

Last month, I told you about a bridge that a German town created only for field mice. Now Germany continues to make animal bridges. This time, it’s a bridge just for bats. A German town council is getting flack for spending ...

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SNEAK PEEK at the 2013 Bridge Inventory: What causes the most damage to bridges?

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Nov 05, 2013

SNEAK PEEK at the 2013 Bridge Inventory: What causes the most damage to bridges?

Every year, Better Roads conducts a survey on the state of the nation’s bridges. The survey has been conducted since 1979. Bridge engineers from every state and Washington, D.C., are sent a survey with both qualitative and quantitative questions to determine ...

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A Bridge for Field Mice

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Oct 22, 2013

A Bridge for Field Mice

Now even field mice have their own bridges to cross. Talk about a bridge to nowhere! Listed as one of the top five biggest wastes of taxpayer money in Germany was a bridge reserved just for field mice. Bieberbach, Baden-Wurttemberg, spent €435,000 ...

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AP analysis deems 7,795 bridges both structurally deficient and fracture critical

Amanda Bayhi - Sep 19, 2013

AP analysis deems 7,795 bridges both structurally deficient and fracture critical

A recent Associated Press analysis of 607,380 bridges in the most recent federal National Bridge Inventory has proven 7,795 -- 1.2 percent -- of those bridges to be both structurally deficient and fracture critical. The report also found that 65,605 of ...

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Senate passes bridge-prioritizing amendment to DOT, HUD spending bill

Amanda Bayhi - Jul 25, 2013

Senate passes bridge-prioritizing amendment to DOT, HUD spending bill

The Senate on Wednesday passed an amendment to its proposed $54 billion transportation and housing spending bill, prioritizing bridge projects, according to a report from The Hill. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) authored the amendment, which he said would prioritize bridges deemed ...

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Coming up: Major bridge detours

John Latta - Jul 09, 2013

Coming up: Major bridge detours

Most people who are aware of the inadequate funding available for America’s highways and bridges probably figure that deteriorating road surfaces will be the most common problem drivers face. But maybe detours could challenge for the top spot first. As funds for ...

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It's a Forest/Trees Thing

Better Roads Staff - Jun 05, 2013

It's a Forest/Trees Thing

  It’s right in front of us in our everyday lives, but sometimes we don’t see it. That’s our transportation infrastructure system out there, one we pay for. We value it, but largely we don’t know what comes out of our pockets ...

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When the Cold Storms Come

Better Roads Staff - Jun 05, 2013

When the Cold Storms Come

Winter road maintenance gets ready for the toughest season   By John Latta     Winter work on our transportation infrastructure is (a) essential and (b) expensive. But just how much pressure does winter bring to bear on the people who care for our highways ...

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Boxer: Transportation funding is “patriotic issue”

John Latta - Jun 05, 2013

Boxer: Transportation funding is “patriotic issue”

The problems facing reauthorization have "nothing to do with politics," said Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), addressing the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-in in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. They "have to do with hard-nosed budgeting." The major problems are all to ...

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